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UK Community Renewal Fund: South Tyneside Prospectus

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Background
  3. What type of bids are we looking for?
  4. Local priorities
  5. How bids will be assessed
  6. Submitting a bid

Introduction

South Tyneside Council are seeking bids from organisations wishing to deliver activity as part of the UK Community Renewal Fund.

Please read the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus and the UK Community Fund Technical Note for Project Applicants and Deliverers before starting work on a bid.  They are available here: GOV.UK: UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus.

The Prospectus provides detailed information on the objectives of the Fund, the types of projects it intends to support and how it operates, including the process and selection criteria that will be used to assess bids.

Successful UK Community Renewal Fund bids will be for 2021/22 only and activity must end in March 2022.

Background

To help local areas prepare for the introduction of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, the UK Government is providing funding in 2021/22 through the UK Community Renewal Fund. We are interested in bids that build on local insight and knowledge, and project proposals that align with long-term strategic plans for local growth, target people most in need and support community renewal. In addition, projects should show how they complement other national and local provision. A focus for this Fund is to support innovation and new ideas in these areas, investing in pilots that draw on local insights and which will help places to prepare for the introduction of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022.

South Tyneside Council has been designated as a lead authority by the UK Government. As a lead authority, South Tyneside Council is responsible for:

  • issuing this invitation
  • receiving bids
  • selecting the bids that will be sent to UK Government for consideration
  • paying grants to successful projects and managing their performance

Full details of the role of lead authorities can be found in the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus.

What type of bids are we looking for?

Projects must deliver activity that is line with the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus and align with at least one of these investment priorities:

  • Investment in skills
  • Investment for local business
  • Investment in communities and place
  • Supporting people into employment

There are no financial allocations to these priorities.

The UK Government anticipates supporting a range of projects by theme and size, but applicants are encouraged to maximise impact and deliverability through larger projects (£500,000+) where this is possible.

As 90% of funding available through the UK Community Renewal Fund is revenue funding and only available in 2021/22, projects should be predominantly, or exclusively revenue based. Projects that focus predominantly on the construction or major refurbishment of buildings, the purchase of land or the purchase of large pieces of equipment will not be supported.

Local priorities

In selecting the bids that will be forwarded to the UK Government for consideration, South Tyneside Council will prioritise the bids that have the greatest potential to deliver against key local growth priorities.

Our key local priorities are the three main drivers of sustainable, inclusive, economic growth identified in the South Tyneside Economic Recovery Plan:

  • Turbocharge productivity by refashioning our skills system, boosting our support for businesses and investing in transport and digital infrastructure
  • Catalyse green and sustainable growth by maximising the potential of our low-carbon and digital assets and expertise
  • Foster an inclusive recovery by boosting our vibrant communities, cultural assets and amazing places and tackling barriers to health and wellbeing

Any project must fit with one of these drivers and our ambition of South Tyneside as an outstanding place to live, invest and bring up families.

Our aim in our vision to 2031 is to raise prosperity for all our residents by creating an environment for residents, students, businesses, investors and visitors to succeed, while strengthening our communities by harnessing the community spirit that came out of the pandemic. The Council has also declared a Climate Change Emergency so projects should fit the aims of our Sustainable South Tyneside Strategy.

This funding is a real chance to pilot projects and programmes that can be scaled up in the future. We would encourage applicants to propose innovative schemes that will be able to make a real difference to people's lives, helping to foster a sustainable economic recovery and upskill and reskill our residents and businesses to meet the challenges of the new economy.

We would, therefore, urge applicants to pay particularly attention to the key interventions outlined in the Economic Recovery Plan (above) and how any projects could align to the following potential schemes (this list is not exhaustive and is just a guide):

  • Careers information, advice and guidance
  • Employability skills, particularly for young people and those Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET)
  • Business start-up advice and support
  • Intensive support for Care Leavers, Looked After Children, those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) or other complex needs
  • Support for the over 50's, in or out of work, or recently made redundant
  • Schemes that equip residents with the skills needed for the green economy (particularly training on installation)
  • Support for businesses to upskill and retrain staff
  • Public health support
  • Digital skills or inclusion activity
  • Start-up and development support for social enterprises
  • Support for SMEs on energy efficiency/electrification
  • Support for SMEs on supply chain development and diversification, particularly into green industries
  • Help for tourism businesses to adapt to the new economy
  • Wheels to Work or e-Mobility transport schemes that link people to employment opportunities
  • Export, digital or other support for businesses
  • Support to help non-digital businesses utilise technology, including social media
  • Climate Change and adaptation advice for businesses

Geographic Coverage -  projects should benefit the following places:

  • South Tyneside Council area (which includes South Shields, Hebburn, Jarrow, Boldon, East and West Boldon, Cleadon, Whitburn and adjacent areas)
  • Projects should also consider how to deliver services to, or focus provision upon, disadvantaged areas of the borough, such as Simonside & Rekendyke, Beacon & Bents, Biddick & All Saints, Cleadon Park and Bede wards.

How bids will be assessed

As the lead authority, South Tyneside Council will assess all bids submitted. Bids will be assessed against:

  • the gateway criteria set out in the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus - bids that fail to meet these criteria are ineligible support and will be rejected
  • the extent to which they meet the objectives of UK Community Renewal Fund
  • the extent to which bids would support the delivery of local growth and employment support priorities

Following assessment, South Tyneside Council will submit those eligible bids which most strongly meet the UK Community Renewal Fund and local priorities to the UK Government for consideration, up to a maximum of £3m per place.

The UK Government will assess all bids submitted by lead authorities against the criteria set out in the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus.

The UK Government will announce the outcome of the assessment process from late July 2021 onwards.

South Tyneside Council will enter into a funding agreement with successful bidders.

Submitting a bid

Bids must be submitted using the UK Community Renewal Fund Application Form, which is available here: GOV.UK: UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus. Bids submitted in any other format will not be accepted.

Bids must be submitted to South Tyneside Council using this email address: funding@southtyneside.gov.uk

Bids must be submitted by 12pm on Friday 21 May 2021.

The UK Community Renewal Fund is a competitive process and South Tyneside Council and the UK Government will not enter into discussions with bidders.

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